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June 3, 2015

Kathleen Matthews Joins Race for Van Hollen’s Seat

Matthews introduces herself to voters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Matthews introduces herself to voters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The race to succeed Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen in Maryland’s 8th District became even more crowded Wednesday, when former Marriott executive and news anchor Kathleen Matthews announced her candidacy.

“I have spent a lifetime shattering the glass ceiling, advocating for women and children in all of my career work as well as being a strong fighter for human dignity, opportunity, as well as equality,” Matthews said outside the Silver Spring Metro station. “And those are the values that I want to bring to the U.S. Congress.” Full story

May 3, 2015

Van Hollen, Edwards Square Off in First Maryland Senate Race Debate

Van Hollen, second from left, and Edwards, third from right, appeared with Pelosi at the Capitol on April 22. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Maryland Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen faced off for the first time Sunday, showcasing sharply different styles as they vie for the Democratic nomination for Senate.

Speaking here in an office park at a forum hosted by the National Organization for Women, the two candidates running to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski touched on issues of women’s health, economic inequality, trade and violence. Full story

April 29, 2015

Baltimore Riots Change Senate Race Conversation

Cummings has been a constant media presence as turmoil in Baltimore continues (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cummings has been in the spotlight as Maryland moves forward after the Baltimore riots. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The nascent Maryland Senate race will likely take on a new focus, as the state’s largest city works to heal its wounds following the death of a young black man in police custody and the sometimes violent expressions of anger that followed.

Maryland Democrats say voters are paying attention to how candidates react to the situation in Baltimore, and looking to see if anyone steps up as a leader as the city tries to move forward from the events of the past 10 days.

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March 19, 2015

Democrats’ Maryland Senate Circus

There is plenty of interest in Mikulski's seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

There is plenty of interest in Mikulski’s seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

CHESAPEAKE BEACH, Md. — When Barbara A. Mikulski announced her retirement last month, she instructed fellow Maryland Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin to brace himself.

“She said it would take about 10 minutes before things would get really interesting in Maryland,” Cardin recounted at a March 12 event on the Chesapeake Bay. “It took about 30 seconds until things got very interesting.” Full story

June 3, 2013

Ex-Maryland GOP Chairman to Run in West Virginia #WV02

Former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney announced on Monday that he will venture across state lines to run for West Virginia’s 2nd District.

“I have been encouraged by the many words of support from grassroots activists I have received since my interest in running was first reported in Roll Call in February,” Mooney said in a press release. “People want a fighter for their conservative values, and that is exactly who I am.”

Earlier this year, CQ Roll Call reported that Mooney was seriously considering a campaign for the seat, which is open because Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is running for Senate in 2014. He submitted his resignation as his state party’s leader in February and has since moved to the Mountain State. Full story

March 12, 2013

West Virginia: Mooney Says ‘No Final Decisions’ Made on House Race

Former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney confirmed to CQ Roll Call on Tuesday that he has moved to West Virginia but cautioned “no final decisions have been made” on a future run for office.

“Now I am working on a book about door to door campaigning and politics, which will take at least a couple months,” Mooney said in an email, chalking up his delayed response to overseas travel.

On Monday, multiple sources said Mooney had conversations this weekend about running for the open 2nd District seat in West Virginia. Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is leaving that seat to run for Senate in 2014.

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September 17, 2012

Maryland: Nancy Pelosi Fundraises for John Delaney

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hosted a fundraiser last Thursday evening on behalf of Democratic House candidate John Delaney.

Delaney is challenging Rep. Roscoe Bartlett for Maryland’s 6th district, and the Pelosi fundraiser is a sign of national Democrats’ determination to take the seat. In redistricting, Democrats dismantled Bartlett’s western Maryland district, adding liberal areas of the state around the Washington, D.C., suburbs that made re-election for the 10-term Congressman increasingly difficult.

That said, Bartlett has a rare across-the-aisle popularity among Democrats. Many state and national Democrats privately profess a personal affinity for him, but publicly, they are working overtime to help Delaney.

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July 31, 2012

Democratic House Majority Super PAC Releases Polls Showing Leads in Utah, Maryland

Rep. Jim Matheson (right) leads Mia Love in Utah's 4th district race, according to a poll released by the House Majority PAC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, released two polls this morning that indicate Democrats are well-positioned in high-profile races in Utah and Maryland.

In the tossup race for Utah’s 4th, 51 percent of respondents said they would vote for Rep. Jim Matheson (D), while 33 percent supported Mia Love (R). In the Maryland 6th district survey, businessman John Delaney (D) had the support of 44 percent of those polled, while 42 percent said they would vote for Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R). The difference is within the poll’s margin of error.

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July 12, 2012

Maryland: Redistricting Map Critics Meet Referendum Threshold

Maryland’s controversial redistricting map will be put to the voters in a referendum this fall.

Enough signatures were validated Wednesday afternoon to meet the legal threshold of about 56,000 signatures to put the map on the ballot when voters go to the polls in November, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. The referendum awaits official certification from the board and that process is not complete.

If the referendum is certified by the board, it is uncertain what will happen if voters strike down the new Congressional boundaries map. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) told the Baltimore Sun that even if voters overturn the map, he would send a new one to the Legislature with only “marginal” changes.

The map was considered one of the ugliest in the country. Democrats and Republicans alike howled over the boundaries after its October release. The most common derogatory description for the new lines was “Rorschach test.” Roll Call rated Rep. John Sarbanes’ (D) 3rd district as one of the five ugliest districts in the country.

But it is the 6th that was affected the most politically. Maryland Democrats went into redistricting with the intent of picking up another seat in the delegation, and they likely will accomplish that goal in the fall elections. Lawmakers redrew Rep. Roscoe Bartlett’s district (R) so dramatically that his once-safe seat now favors the  Democrats.

Even Democrats critics of the overall map emerged, most notably Rep. Donna Edwards. But it was Republican state Del. Neil Parrott who led the referendum effort.

April 20, 2012

Maryland: Martin O’Malley Discusses Redistricting

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) addressed his state’s redistricting process and the subsequent fallout from it at a breakfast briefing with reporters today.

“There were, of course, bumps and bruises and divisions. No one likes redistricting. There are no real winners,” he said at an event hosted by Third Way, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C. He added a caveat that at times there are “coincidental or incidental” winners in redistricting.

The Democratic Member who most vigorously opposed the map that O’Malley eventually signed into law was Rep. Donna Edwards.

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April 17, 2012

Maryland: Delaney Internal Poll Shows Him Up Over Bartlett

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Businessman John Delaney (D), who is running to unseat Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R) in the Maryland 6th district race, released an internal poll today that confirmed what most political observers have already noted: The incumbent is in serious electoral trouble.

The poll shows that Delaney is up over Bartlett 48 to 39 points in the most closely watched federal race in the state.

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April 5, 2012

Parties Look Back, Ahead in Maryland’s 6th District

Wealthy businessman John Delaney (above) is favored over Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in Maryland's 6th district race this fall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Those deeply invested in Maryland’s 6th district — a seat Democrats are counting as a top pickup opportunity this fall — spent most of Wednesday making sense of this week’s primary results.

On the Democratic side, wounds remain raw. State Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola was supposed to win it all, but he lost big in the primary to businessman John Delaney, who poured more than $1.6 million of his own money into the campaign.

Garagiola’s mentor, state Sen. Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, gave a backhanded endorsement of Delaney on Wednesday, according to several reports.

But among party operatives — the Democrats who care more about a pickup in the delegation than the personalities involved — there is an almost palpable sense of relief that Delaney won.

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April 3, 2012

Maryland: John Delaney, Roscoe Bartlett Win Primaries

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It would have shocked the Maryland political world six months ago, but businessman John Delaney beat out the state establishment favorite, state Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola, in the Maryland 6th district Democratic primary today, according to the Associated Press.

The seat’s current occupant, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, eased past the GOP primary as well. His closest challenger, state Sen. David Brinkley, came in second place. The tone between the two turned especially nasty in recent days.

The wins are not yet official, but Garagiola already conceded to Delaney.

The Democratic primary was a race between a candidate favored by mapmakers versus a candidate with a massive capacity to self-fund.

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April 2, 2012

Maryland: GOP Field Accuses Each Other of Dirty Tricks in Roscoe Bartlett Race

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Few races this cycle have had as much drama as Maryland’s 6th district. And the day before Tuesday’s primaries, Republicans are occupied with accusing each other of pulling dirty tricks.

Someone posted online audio of two 911 calls from a 2008 domestic dispute involving Rep. Roscoe Bartlett’s primary opponent, state Sen. David Brinkley.

The incident is widely known in Maryland and was covered in the local press at the time.

But the emergence of the actual audio of distressed phone calls from both Brinkley and his wife at the time, along with the intrigue of who did it, has fascinated both Republicans and Democrats watching this race.

While the audio surfaced online last week, it caught little notice until over the weekend, when a Twitter account that includes Bartlett’s publicity photo and a link to the campaign website tweeted links to the 911 calls. The account has no followers and had no tweets before Saturday.

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Maryland: Martin O’Malley Does Robocalls for Rob Garagiola

Over the weekend, the two top Democrats in Maryland’s 6th district primary deployed their highest profile surrogates to do robocalls.

District residents have been receiving calls from Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) vouching for state Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola.

Garagiola is locked in a fierce battle with businessman John Delaney. It was reported Sunday that President Bill Clinton has been making robocalls on behalf of Delaney.

O’Malley, who endorsed Garagiola on Thursday, noted Garagiola’s “record of progress and effectiveness.” Full story

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